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About the Trip

October 14 – 21, 2018

Mexico’s Best Beaches & Gay Destinations, explore the Pacific’s most alluring beaches and cities, including a late-night stay in gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta with plenty of time to enjoy the city’s incomparable nightlife and beach culture.

Dive, fish, or snorkel in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, or head out to explore to a nearby uninhabited beach. And discover the best of authentic Mexico in the charming city of Mazatlan, a remarkable beachfront metropolis. Or find your perfect place in the sun during our three fabulously entertaining days at sea to enjoy all that we have to offer.

And that’s just the beginning! Throughout the ship we’ll showcase comedians, cabaret stars, drag performers, piano bar entertainers, and other original shows. It’s the biggest festival of gay entertainers on the planet!

Sail with 2300 friends from around the world on the stunning Norwegian Pearl for the ultimate celebration as we explore the azure seas of the Pacific. Fresh from a multimillion-dollar upgrade, Pearl features a stunning central pool deck, with incredible open spaces for dancing under the sun and stars. You’ll love her innovative modern look, enticing restaurants, full-service spa, and spectacular performance venues. 

Atlantis started cruising Norwegian back in 1998 and is thrilled to return on one of the most exciting ships sailing today.

Norwegian Pearl

We know you’ll love the incredible variety of exciting venues and wonderful options onboard the Norwegian Pearl, fresh from a multimillion-dollar rebuilding in 2017. In so many ways, she’s the perfect ship for the Atlantis Mexican Riviera Cruise.


Simply Stunning Staterooms

Pearl’s large and comfortable staterooms all sparkle with a fresh modern and recently upgraded look, finished in rich cherry wood. Over 70% feature private balconies with floor to-ceiling windows. Every room is state-of-the-art with coffee makers, color televisions, comfortable duvets, and larger bathrooms than other ships. Free room service is available 24 hours a day. And of course, you’ll find a friendly greeting in the morning, ice buckets filled in the afternoon, fresh towels twice a day, and a turned down bed to come home to after a long night.

Thirty-Six Haven suites, and an entire deck of mini-suites offer the ultimate in luxury, including private concierge service to handle your every need. The Haven’s Villas and Penthouses offer elaborate rooms, a private pool and sundeck, butler service, and a host of other exclusive amenities. There’s even a one-of-a-kind 3-bedroom Garden Villa offering the largest suite at sea!


Sip, share and enjoy.

Pearl offers more fascinating lounges throughout the ship, including Spinnaker Lounge, with wrap-around views of the sea. Enjoy a freshly muddled drink at Sugarcane Mojito Bar, be a winner in the thrilling Casino or just settle in for a drink in one of the other inviting bars throughout the ship. Chill out, unwind, and relax in Pearls two sparkling pools, six hot tubs, and countless sun lounges. Pick up a game of volleyball on the outdoor court. Or let our talented team pamper you in the Mandara Spa. Of course, there’s plenty to keep you active at the brand-new Body Waves Fitness Centre, featuring the latest equipment and invigorating classes. It’s hard to tell which onboard space best represents Pearl, they all offer an amazing experience.


Sparkling Nights at the Stardust Theater

Spinnaker Lounge hosts Atlantis comedy shows, Atlantis’s original cabaret performances, a little drag karaoke and even some late, late night dance parties. The two-story Stardust Theater boasts the perfect setting for signature entertainers and Norwegian’s awesome production shows. Pull up a chair at Shakers Martini & Cocktails Bar as talented piano entertainers take you on a musical journey. Try your luck in the casino or meet friends in one of the nine inviting bars & lounges.

And let us take you on an otherworldly musical journey in Bliss Ultra Lounge & Night Club, where each day and night brings a new type of sensory overload.


And a delicious, special and always fun Sushi Bar

With 15 dining options, including a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill, tapas and churrascaria, there’s always something new to try on Pearl! Best of all, most of them are included at no extra charge.

From the inviting Indigo and Summer Palace main restaurants to the breezy Garden Café, you’ll always find a variety of tempting delights to satisfy you. As with all Atlantis cruises, there’s never a dress code or assigned tables, so you can dine whenever you choose. Concierge Travel and Atlantis team is always there to help you find a table with friends. Dine on American classics at O’Sheehan’s, grab a poolside snack at the Sky High Bar & Grill.  And don’t miss the authentic Asian specialties at Lotus Garden.

Looking for something casual? Garden Café and The Great Outdoors are open almost 24 hours a day, featuring full breakfast and lunch buffets, plus casual dinner alternatives and a late-night service specially designed. And the poolside Sky High Bar & Grill offers up a variety of delights under the beautiful pacific sunshine.

For a special night out, try one of the six incredible specialty restaurants, perfect for a romantic night out or celebration with friends. You’ll find everything from Moderno, an authentic Brazilian steakhouse, to Lotus Garden’s Teppanyaki rooms and Asian restaurant. Check out Le Bistro for a fresh take on classic French specialties. Gather a bunch of friends for a rousing Italian dinner at La Cucina or enjoy the perfect steak and your favorite cocktail at Cagney’s. 

Still hungry after all that? Room service is available around the clock including 24/7 pizza delivery!

Whether you’re a single traveler, cruising with friends, or getting away with your partner, our Mexico cruise offers the perfect vacation for everyone. Our Room Share Program makes it easy for single guests to sail affordably. Friends will always find options to satisfy everyone’s taste and plenty of ways to get together. And there’s no better place for a couple to discover the joys of traveling together than in a welcoming all-gay environment.

Cruise experiences were design to welcome all, and always attract a great mix of singles, couples, and friends from all over the world!


Endless fun on your own way.

Of course, there’s so much to do onboard that you might never leave the ship. From our daytime pool games to festive afternoon T-dances, you’ll always be entertained. Take in an afternoon Bingo (the gayest bingo ever) session, indulge in a long brunch with friends, play a game of volleyball, or find a quiet deck chair on Pearl’s massive outdoor decks. And when you’re ready to really relax, drop into the spectacular Polynesian-themed spa featuring every imaginable treatment along with one of the largest and most complete fitness centers at sea.

In addition to costume events, you’ll find musical tributes to Classic Disco, 80s retro, great divas from the 90s, and a few more original events. Regardless of your taste in music, or temperament for a party, we will blow your mind.


Nothing compares to dancing under the stars or afternoon sun on the wide-open top decks of a cruise ship, and Pearl boasts one of the most perfect venues we’ve ever seen. An incredible and diverse set of spectacular parties will rise up from this remarkable space, featuring concert sound, amazing lights, dazzling lasers, mesmerizing video, and the friendliest crowd yet. The world’s top gay DJs headline our signature themes and wide-ranging musical styles, plus a special guest from the mainstream world.


Amazing Entertainment. Everywhere.

Our white-hot entertainment lineup stars a mix of fresh and familiar performers including a stellar gay circus show, Miss Richfield 1981, La Voix, and so much more. We’ll even invite a special guest or two from Broadway, TV, or beyond. Past years have featured Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Hudson, Chita Rivera, Roseanne, and so many others. Who knows who might show up this year!


A Little Bliss

Pearl boasts a brand-new venue called Bliss Ultra Lounge that we will use in new and innovative ways both day and night. Two full-size bowling alleys flank each side of this lounge inspired by all things spherical think bubbles, color and ultraviolet artwork. It’s an otherworldly venue that will be a playground by day and the ultimate after-after hours late at night.

Great year-round weather, uncrowded beaches, world-class attractions, excellent restaurants, and a vibrant gay community make San Diego the perfect place to start. Look for some great local events the night before.

Spend the day relaxing with friends. Linger over brunch. Take in pool games, drop in for a drag queen bingo, and don’t miss our first afternoon T-Dance. There’s nothing like a beautiful day sailing the Pacific coast.

Straddling the southernmost tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is a sun-drenched paradise that offers exceptional scuba diving, snorkeling and world-class fishing. For those seeking a more mellow and relaxing time, Cabo offers some of the peninsula’s best beaches where the desert meets the sea. Cabo San Lucas’s other main attractions include an under weather nature preserve and the striking Land’s End rock formations at one end of the bay.

Puerto Vallarta has become Mexico’s favorite gay destination in recent years, attracting travelers with its mix of classic Mexican charm, casual atmosphere, beautiful beaches and fantastic year-round weather. Handicraft stores and art galleries, line the streets of its quaint, cobblestone town center. At night, Vallarta’s many gay and gay-friendly restaurants, bars, and clubs offer everything from laid-back to the outrageous.

Mazatlan is a historic capital as well as a beach resort and lovely, romantic town. Returning travelers rave about the welcoming Mazatlecos as well as the beaches, the food, the weather, the music, and the feeling of never wanting to leave.

After three days of on the beach, it’s time to indulge. Treat yourself to a spa day. Or hang by the pool with new friends. This day is all about relaxing. Until T-Dance time, and the biggest evening party of the week!

Relax. Connect. Play Sleep in a bit, and join a few friends for brunch. Drop into the spa for a pampering treatment or refreshing workout. And wait until you see how we wrap things up for you with some of the finest entertainment at sea.

“America’s Finest City” is always bustling with energy. From gay nightclubs in Hillcrest and activities in Balboa Park to entertainment arenas like Sea World, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, and the Safari Park, San Diego is a great city to enjoy even after the cruise.

Disembarkation begins at approximately 8 AM

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Travel the Globe We can’t say enough great things about Concierge Travel. We’ve traveled the globe with you every year (sometimes 2x a year) for the past 10 years. Your attention to detail from the 1st phone call to gather trip info all the way to debarkation is superb. The Boyz of Concierge Travel are always friendly and accommodating in every situation. We look forward to booking our next trip with you.

Mike Annis and John Hall

Mike Annis and John Hall